Matt Cwiertnia scored 19 points Monday to lead the Corona del Mar High School boys' basketball team to a 60-51 victory over Los Alamitos in one quarterfinal of the Coast Christmas tournament at Estancia High School.
Corona del Mar (7-4) plays Long Beach Jordan in a semifinal game at 8:40 tonight. Jordan defeated Edgewood, 79-64, Monday.
Corona del Mar broke the game open with 4:51 left in the half on a 17-8 run that erased an 18-16 Los Alamitos lead. Cwiertnia, a junior forward, scored 10 points during the rally.
Brian Spratt had 14 points and Geoff Probst 12 for the Sea Kings.
Los Alamitos (7-5) closed to within eight, 58-50, with 1:40 left on consecutive three-point baskets by senior guard Brett Pagett, who finished with 15 points. Los Alamitos' Dre Lamoureux, who has been averaging 17 points this season, was held to 12.
Los Alamitos plays Edgewood in a fifth-place semifinal game at 3:40 today.
In the championship round:
Edison 44, Irvine 41--Each team scored 28 points in the second half as Edison's three-point halftime lead held up. Edison's Chip Hanlon led all scorers with 13 points and Dave Ballantyne led Irvine (5-6) with 11 points. Edison (8-4) will face Mission Viejo in tonight's other semifinal at 7.